Systemic excitatory amino acid receptor antagonists of the alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA) receptor and of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor relieve mechanical hypersensitivity after transient spinal cord ischemia in rats.

We have previously reported that transient spinal cord ischemia induced a behavioral hypersensitivity (allodynia) to innocuous cutaneous mechanical stimulation in rats. The spinal ischemia-induced allodynia was not relieved by morphine, but it was relieved by the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-B receptor agonist baclofen, indicating that the allodynia may… CONTINUE READING